Beyond PR

Oct 05, 2012

Nonprofit Blogs: Good Work Done Well

This week my focus is on nonprofit blogs.  I enjoy charity and giving. (I actually run my own nonprofit.) And it’s not surprising that these things should be enjoyable. For as Portia says to Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, the “quality of mercy… is twice blessed, it blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” In other words, it feels good to give. We should do it more often. Still, it should be done wisely. It’s great to give of ourselves. But, it’s even better to do it well. So with that in mind, let’s gather up some canned food, write this off as tax deductible as we enjoy this brief tour through some of the best nonprofit blogs I’ve seen lately.

Passionate Giving is a blog born out of Veritus Group. Or better yet, the Veritus Group is their job. Passionate Giving is, you guessed it, their passion. They believe in nonprofits. But, they also believe in having fun. This blog is about where those two worlds meet. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d loom for stories about major gifts. Things concerning nonprofit consulting might also work. Check out the full review here.

Points of Light is a blog about nonprofits. But, really, it’s about the individual. It’s about the people who make changes in their worlds. It is through this lens that they examine the world of charity and giving. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories about how individuals can affect change in their communities. Stories of successful nonprofit launches might also work.  Check out the full review here.

Stanford Social Innovation Review examines how the worlds of academia, business, nonprofits and government offer solutions to the pressing problems of the world.  If I were to pitch this blog, I’d run whatever I was about to say through spell check first. This is a Stanford publication, after all. Check out the full review here.

Future Fundraising Now is concerned with making fundraising as effective as possible. And, in their opinion, the donors are the most important thing on which to focus. After all, how else to effectively raise funds than to focus on those who give and why. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories about fundraising, specifically ones about how it can be done better. Check out the full review here.

OneOC is a nonprofit blog specifically geared towards Orange County, California. Still, the methods, best practices and case studies outlined in this blog could more than likely be applied to just about anywhere else in the world. It might also be beneficial to mimic the passion and energy portrayed here, too. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories about charitable giving in Southern California. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. And as you may have guessed, he has a twitter account.

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